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am. public opinion on pol

am. public opinion on pol - DK option in answers o Social...

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How do Americans think about and understand Politics Surveys: are an attempt to study samples, collection of individuals from pop to get a sample of pop, of the pop Population Sample Respondents Probability sampling- based on random selection Random selection- a sample will be representitive of the pop from which it is selected if all members of the pop have an equal chance of being selected to the sample Statistical error Level of statistical error Range of Error Formula: Sources of Error: o Non-attitudes: attitude expressed on a survey which is created on the spot (ppl feel pressured to have an answer) o Panel Data: same set of respondents surveyed at diff. times and have diff. ansers. Ppl usually just answer surveys without knowing (fix prblm by including
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Unformatted text preview: DK option in answers) o Social Desirability Effects: just say answer to please questioner bc done in person o Instrument: way question is posed; inclusion of hot words that can change way ppl interpret question; or ordering of question Characterizing Am. Public Opinion: How much ppl know and are interested in pol. Most ppl not concerned w gov and pol. This lack of interest can be aroused with a temporary dramatic event: Rally Around the Flag Effect: awarness of policy and public support and surge of policy in wake of a dramatic event. Events can be global or national, i.e. war led to Pres. Approval ratings increasing and then dramatically decreasing. Readings: Culture War?, Holocast Poll...
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